2005 Verdignan, Haut-Médoc SKU #1053652

$19.99

WS 90
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Staff Reviews

  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    5/30/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    I love this claret! Plenty of savory dark red fruit, mocha and licorice with earthy elements of graphite, forest floor and mushrooms. 2005 was not a shy vintage, nor are the flavors in this wine. The tannins and acid are right where they need to be, I’d take advantage of the sub-$20 price tag and enjoy this tonight!​
  • Jim Barr
    By: Jim Barr
    8/21/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    Medium deep ruby in color, this wonderful Cru Bourgeois from a truly great vintage offers tons of complex flavors and opulent aromatics. Cassis, currants, and antiqueish ceder-like tones abound in the nose and across its viscous palate impression, with violets and truffles to forest floor notes, integrated tannins, excellent acid structure, and a finish that refuses to give up. Rusty has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house reds for the next three to five years. Great value for a wine with some age. 13% ABV.
    Drink from 2013 to 2020
  • Illya Haase
    By: Illya Haase
    5/28/2012
    K&L Staff Member
    This is my affordable steak wine. Now, while I am not a high roller. If I am going to spend money on a great NY strip. The wine hold's up it's end of the bargain. Great acid and silky tannins. Matches perfectly with the steak.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    1/17/2012
    K&L Staff Member
    Here you have an over achieving Chateau coupled with the outstanding 2005 Bordeaux vintage resulting in amazing value. This is dark in color and deep in fruit with hints of earth, savory herb, spice and a touch of smoke. The wine is quite full bodied with a meaty texture and ripe, silky tannin. Decant now or age another 5 years.
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    12/17/2011
    K&L Staff Member
    Great example of the fantastic 2005 vintage. The Verdignan it is showing those classic notes of black currants, cedar, touch of cigar box and even some floral notes. Old school yet approachable. It needs a bit of debating to bring its magic out. Very good value and very good wine.
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    10/12/2011
    K&L Staff Member
    Newly arrived and purchased directly from the chateau. We currently have several vintages of this moderately priced Haut Medoc in stock. This 2005 is one of my favorites. The nose has some lovely floral and spice notes, and a little bit of old school Bordeaux funk no doubt originating from some of the older barrels in the cellar. When first opened some of that character is evident on the palate but quickly dissipates. An hour or so in the decanter brings out the characteristic ’05 fruit – dark, rich and ripe with classic black currant and cassis notes. Great structure here with good acidity and tannins that are initially quite firm. Drinkable now but ought to even better with another 3 to 5 years in the cellar.
  • Ralph Sands
    By: Ralph Sands
    8/31/2011
    K&L Staff Member
    A strong and complex wine with very deep, blood red fruit. Spicy wit hints of earth and heavily toasted oak. This is a masculine style of wine that could use a few more years to soften up.
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    8/31/2011
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is a great cellar candidate with its mineral, licorice and toasty oak aromas. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a lingering finish. Very well balanced and generous with lots of fruit underneath. Must decant an hour if you want to drink it now.
  • Steve Greer
    By: Steve Greer
    4/28/2010
    K&L Staff Member
    So the wines from Verdignan have become popular with customers for price to quality. The 2005 is a bit tight so needs some decanting. Dark fruit on the nose and palate is surrounded by toasty oak aromas. Decant and have with dinner or cellar for a few more years.

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Customer Reviews

  • By: Michael Berry 5/1/2010

    Took this on a overnight fishing trip with friends and thought several times through the day how terrific this would taste after the fish and I were cleaned and cooled down. I was disappointed when I opened the bottle. finding the wine to be musty and tannic. So I passed happy hour with a cold beer while I let the bottle breathe and the glass sit, hoping time and air would do something miraculous. Just before dinner I took a sip to discover this wine had smoothed out and was tasting very good. It continued improving through the evening. This is a terrific Bordeaux for the money; you will enjoy it very much if you have the patience to decant it for at least an hour or two before serving.

  • By: Adam S. 4/18/2010

    I agree with Susan. Open the bottle a day before you want to drink it and a lot of the tannins will be smoothed out.

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